Let’s just get one thing out of the way — the Real Housewives of Orange County was in desperate need of a revamp following its 2020 season. The void left by OGs Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge was glaringly obvious. Shannon Beador wasn’t capable of being a ring-leader. And Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke were competing for the title of worst Real Housewife of all time, whether it was due to their controversial statements or questionable actions. The drama wasn’t even fun to watch — cringe-worthy is a more appropriate description.
Bravo is attempting to bring RHOC back to the good old days (or as Vicki says, make it “classy” again). Heather Dubrow is headed back. And my fingers are crossed Tamra is coming with her. Boringwyn, Kelly Fraud and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas didn’t make the cut, leaving Shannon, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter in the cast. If it was me, I probably would’ve gotten rid of all the women from Season 15 to start fresh. But Bravo is taking the necessary baby steps.
In case you didn’t know, Braunwyn lives for attention. Just look at how she’s taking her firing — spouting off during any interview she can and finding any way possible to make a headline. She conveniently announced her relationship with Fernanda Rocha (yes, that Fernanda) around the time of her firing. She’s already trying to figure out a way back in front of the cameras if her old BFF officially takes her orange on the show. And she’s battling the always eloquent Kelly, who blames Braunwyn for losing her job. Like I’ve been saying, both women did a pretty good job of doing that on their own.
Dare I say we might be in for a treat with the newly restructured Real Housewives of Orange County? We could be since Evolution and Bravo finally gave in to fans and exiled Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. About. Time. Neither of them have taken the news well. In fact, they’re taking it out on each other, which isn’t surprising or out of character for both of them.
With those two out, that leaves Emily Simpson (unfortunately, for some of us), Gina Kirschenheiter, and Shannon Beador. Fortunately, however, Heather “fancy pants” Dubrow is BACK!! If you listen close enough you can hear the sound of plates smashing to the floor at the Quiet Woman, followed by Shannon’s screams. Oh, and I forgot to mention – Elizabeth Lyn Vargas got the axe as well. My brain must have blocked the news because I don’t remember her. It’s not that she was a bad person, it’s just that she wasn’t right for the show. Evidence of this can be seen in how she’s handled the news of her departure in contrast with Kelly and Braunwyn.
It’s clear from Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s few seasons on the Real Housewives of Orange County that she lived for being on camera. She got herself caught up in a web of lies and phoniness that definitely didn’t resonate with viewers. She shrugged off a lot of bad behavior including hitting her husband Sean Burke or offering drugs to Shannon Beador’s teenage daughter. And she uprooted her life as she knew it, as well as put her marriage in a rocky spot, all for Bravo just to not ask her back for Season 16. And to no surprise, she’s not taking it well.
Boringwyn got the boot alongside Kelly
Fraud Dodd and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. Shannon, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson got to stay. And, in the most exciting news, Heather Dubrow is coming back. Pop the champs! There has also been a rumor going around that Braunwyn’s friend Noella Bergener, who briefly appeared on the show with her, could be hired on RHOC as Brauny’s replacement. Miss Paparazzi on Speed Dial isn’t going to like that.
Well, when Bravo promised some changes on Real Housewives of Orange County, they weren’t kidding around. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was let go, as was the divisive Kelly Dodd. And Braunwyn Windham-Burke was also fired after two seasons on RHOC.
And to everyone’s surprise (and my delight) “Fancy Pants” Heather Dubrow is returning for Season 16. Her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, said earlier this month that his wife has a “never say never” attitude, and that he missed being on RHOC. I cannot wait to see the interior of the $21 million dollar home that the couple built in Newport Beach. It happens to be the most expensive Housewives home.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd is known for her bad behavior. She called former co-star Vicki Gunvalson a “pig,” and added that she had a “gross, funky body.”
Kelly spent a lot of time on social media spreading false information about the pandemic. She even said that Covid-19 was “God’s way of thinning the herd.”
I honestly am still in shock from all the casting news involving the Real Housewives of Orange County that broke this week. Heather Dubrow is headed back after a four-year hiatus, and Bravo kicked off Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd. The problematic duo might be polar opposites on paper, but they share a lot of similarities. Both have exhibited outrageous and downright toxic behavior throughout their time on the show. Both were reallllly banking on a comeback for Season 16. And both have the ability to bring feuding Bravo fans together in their mutual dislike for the pair.
The RHOC casting news was a long time coming. Bravo took its time to figure out the next steps. The network decided to keep Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson on, while Elizabeth Vargas, Kelly and Boringwyn got the boot. And it’s a blessing considering all of the dark moments from last season, ranging from Braunwyn hitting her husband and offering Shannon’s daughter drugs to Kelly making controversial statements about the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Fancy Pants will not stand for this foolishness, so they both had to go.
I’m still screaming from the rooftops about Bravo righting their wrongs with the majorly necessary casting changes to the Real Housewives of Orange County. Heather Dubrow is BACK and I can’t celebrate it enough. I’ll need my own champagne room like Charrisse Jackson-Jordan to make it through Season 16. Kelly
Fraud Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT and I’ve never seen so much communal rejoice from the Bravo community. They were both toxic and insufferable in their own ways, and both were begging for a return after a season full of bad behavior. Elizabeth Vargas also peaced out after one season and it’s still unclear if Tamra Judge will make a triumphant return.
Boringwyn has not been taking the news of her RHOC firing well. But is anyone surprised? No narcissist would really be happy that the cameras don’t want to follow them and their convoluted life around 24/7. It’s obvious she and Sean Burke have a lot to work out off-camera, particularly the rules around Braunwyn having girlfriends on the side. Kelly and Braunwyn truly brought RHOC down to the lowest level of inauthenticity and toxicity while claiming to be the stars of the show. But their long-awaited demise has come, and the OG Real Housewives show has prevailed (Vicki Gunvalson aside).
It felt like such a pipe dream hoping for a Heather Dubrow comeback on Real Housewives of Orange County. After all, she was very adamant that she wouldn’t film with Kelly Dodd.
She was adamant that she wouldn’t film with Kelly and many viewers were very vocal about refusing to watch the show if Kelly remained a part of the cast after her many questionable remarks about the coronavirus pandemic and other topics. Well, break out the champs and the hexagonal ice cubes, Heather Dubrow is back. And there’s a major shakeup on the horizon. Kelly is out and so are Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas.